About the Vergnanos

Mark and Betsy Vergnano

In 2021, Mark and Betsy Vergnano generously donated $3 million to to the College of Engineering to create the Vergnano Institute for Inclusion.  Both alumni, Mark of the School of Engineering and Betsy of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the couple met while studying at the University. Mark and Betsy are the proud parents of two adult daughters, Elise and Haley, and live in Pennsylvania.

Mark Vergnano was named the first CEO of The Chemours Company prior to its spinoff from DuPont in July 2015. Under Mark’s leadership and with an ambitious five-point transformation plan as its blueprint, the company navigated financial uncertainties and addressed the challenges associated with building a new company from the old—challenges that included adopting policies more appropriate for a smaller company and creating a distinctive corporate culture, rooted in entrepreneurship. This transformation—this re-invention—complete, the CEO is now leading a company poised for future profitable growth.

Mark is widely known throughout Chemours as an accessible and collaborative leader. He’s sought to build a culture in which employees at all levels feel free to contribute ideas for improving the company and upholding its corporate values. Vergnano has a passion for safety, one of those values. As an expression of this commitment, he has served on the board of the U.S. National Safety Council (NSC) since 2007 and chair of the NSC Board of Directors from 2017-2019.

Vergnano began his career at DuPont in 1980 as a process engineer in its fibers business. He went on to serve the company in various leadership capacities and geographic locales over the next 35 years with distinction, culminating in his appointment as executive vice president in October 2009.

Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Vergnano received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Connecticut and master’s degree in business administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a member of the University of Connecticut School of Engineering Academy of Distinguished Engineers and Hall of Fame.

Mark serves as Chairman of the American Chemistry Council Board of Directors and co-chair of the Council’s Sustainability Committee. Mark is on the executive committee of the Society of Chemical Industry and the 2018 recipient of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ (AIChE) Government and Industry Leaders (AGILE) Award. He is the immediate past Chairman of the Board of the National Safety Council, where he continues to serve as a board member. He also serves on the advisory board for the University of Connecticut College of Engineering and is a member of the board of directors of Johnson Controls International.